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9 shot dead in Chicago in a week


CHICAGO, May 8 — Chicago witnessed the most violent week of the year from April 30th to May 5th, with 9 killed and 76 wounded in shootings.
According to data of the Chicago Tribune, at least 85 people were shot in the week, including a 4-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy, a 15-year-old on a CTA bus, a young mother, several other young teens, a federal agent and two relatives of a gunshot victim waiting outside a hospital.
The burst of violence last week brings the number of people shot in the city this year to at least 804, a figure below the previous two years, when violence hit record levels. By this time in 2017, 1,087 people had been shot; in 2016, the number was 1,199, according to the Chicago Tribune.
But this year’s number is still substantially higher than other recent years.
Homicides followed the same track, with at least 161 killed this year, as against 198 killed by this time in 2017; and 205 in 2016.
The City of Chicago had been averaging about 42 shootings each week this year. With last week’s shootings calculated, the average rises to almost 45 people a week.

Xinhua